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A116 Understanding and managing respiratory conditions in Primary Care

Course summary

This interactive workshop has been designed to help health care practitioners develop their knowledge and exploratory skills of common respiratory problems. The focus will be on assessment, planning relevant care and supporting the adult patient in the community.

Who should attend?

Registered community health care practitioners who work with adult patients with diagnosed respiratory conditions.

Important notes

All course material, evaluations and certificates included.


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
1 day(s) 8 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Understand the basic pathophysiology of the common respiratory conditions like COPD, Asthma, Bronchiectasis and ILD
  • Enhance skills and understanding of the basic principles in assessing and examining a patient with respiratory problems.
  • Understand the importance of differential diagnosis and the implication on the management of patients with respiratory problems
  • Understand the importance of self-management plans including rescue packs for COPD and asthma patients
  • Severe end stage management of patients with respiratory problems including referrals to palliative care
  • Understand Long Term Oxygen Therapy for patients with respiratory problems e.g. discussion of prescribing on HOOF

Course programme

  • Differential diagnosis of common respiratory problems
  • History taking and physical examination of the respiratory system
  • Observations in the respiratory clinic e.g. SpO2, peak flow, Respiratory rate, JACCOL, CRT
  • Introduction to spirometry the basics
  • Types of inhaler devices use and technique
  • Management of acute exacerbations in respiratory patients e.g. IECOPD/Non IECOPD and or asthma
  • LTOT and prescribing on “HOOF A” for HCP
  • Management of end stage respiratory disease /breathlessness/hypoxia
  • -Coping strategies
  • -Useful drugs
  • -Care pathways
  • Case History and Review

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